Well, all is forgiven now.
The menu is clean and simple - but with plenty of variety. We started with roasted asparagus with stracciatella cheese, and artichoke with prosciutto. A perfect portion to begin the meal and beautifully presented. Tommy moved onto the Orange-dusted scallops and I indulged in the Grilled rack and roasted leg of lamb with sheep’s cheese crespelle (with the addition of the Potato basil purée - a fabulously beautiful dish of bright green potato!)
At no time did an unused fork or plate linger on the table a moment longer than it was needed, no glass went unfilled - and yet I never felt that anyone was hovering. We were asked in appropriate moments if we needed or wanted anything. (Appropriate = asked a question NOT when my mouth was full, you waitstaff know the drill...) Chef Jody Adams was present in the packed dining room making her way from table to table - it was a comfortable and warm feeling in the and relaxed room.
Dessert, oh dessert. Tommy ordered the Ricotta, poppy seed and almond crostada with grappa, figs and kumquats and I strayed from my straight and narrow chocolate path and took a chance on the Apple strudel with candied walnuts, dried plum sauce and cider zabaione. Without any overstatement, the apple strudel is the best dessert I have ever eaten - and I have eaten a lot of desserts during my life. Pastry Chef Tal Shofman-Schejter should have songs written to him for that strudel. Divine little bites of happiness they were.
We received a "thank you for visiting" and "we look forward to welcoming you again soon" from everyone we passed as we departed the dining room. You shall welcome us again soon Rialto - you can count on it. Special thanks to General Manager Chrystyna Kassaraba, you rock.